Westminster Media Forum

Next steps for improving welfare and safety in sport

Morning, Thursday, 25th October 2018

Central London


This timely seminar will consider next steps for improving welfare and safety in sport, both at elite and grassroots level.

It will be an opportunity to assess the progress made so far in implementing the recommendations of the Duty of Care in Sport Review led by Baroness Grey-Thompson, and to consider what further action might be needed across the sports sector. 

Delegates will assess priorities for improving staff and athlete welfare in high performance sport - looking at what more might be done to tackle abuse and bullying, develop good governance and scrutiny, and support elite transition.

Attendees will also consider the extent to which the Government’s new Mental Health and Elite Sport Action Plan sufficiently addresses issues around mental welfare and possible next steps for its delivery.

Further sessions will look at opportunities to develop standardised safeguarding services, enhance sports leadership, promote best practice, and improve education and training provisions; as well as considering what further policy support might be needed to help grassroots sport in meeting organisational and resource challenges.

Guest of Honour

John Donnelly

Head of Sport Integrity, UK Sport

Keynote Speakers

Senior speaker confirmed from DCMS

John Donnelly

Head of Sport Integrity, UK Sport


Professor Andy Smith

Professor of Sport and Physical Activity, Edge Hill University

Phil Doorgachurn

Quality Assurance and Governance Manager, Premier League Charitable Fund

Lisa Curtis

Safeguarding Adults Manger, Ann Craft Trust

James Allen

Director, Policy, Governance and External Affairs, Sport and Recreation Alliance

Annamarie Phelps

Vice Chair, British Olympic Association; Member, European Rowing Management Board and Commonwealth Liaison, the International Federation for Rowing

Emma Atkins

Director of Coaching, UK Coaching

Ian Braid

Founder and Managing Director, DOCIAsport

Tim Hollingsworth

Chief Executive Officer, British Paralympic Association

Andy Reed

Director, Saje Impact and Co-Founder and Director, The Sports Think Tank

Victoria Aggar

Chair, British Athletes Commission